Reviews vs. Criticism: How Do They Compare?
|Film Reviews||Film Criticism|
|Authorship||usually written by journalists or other non-academics||written by academics|
|Audience||the general movie-going public||scholars/academics|
||describes the plot, characters, cast, director, etc. in order to help the reader assess whether they want to watch the film.||may analyze the plot, characters, cinematic techniques; compare films by the same director or similar films within a genre; apply a particular critical theory to the film; and/or assess social, historical, or cultural significance of the film in order to advance the scholarly conversation about the film.|
|Publication Timeframe||published in the weeks and months around the time the film is released||published in the years or decades after the film was released|
online review sites, newspapers, and popular magazines
film studies journals